Azizulhasni Awang (left) celebrates his victory with national coach John Beasley at the Asian Track Cycling Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pix source: Facebook/Malaysian Track Cycling

KUALA LUMPUR: Azizulhasni Awang showed his trademark determination to clinch the gold medal in the men's elite sprint event at the Asian Track Cycling Championships in Indonesia tonight.

Azizulhasni lost the first race in his final against Xu Chao of China at the Jakarta International Velodrome. He, however, held his nerves to notch a close win in the second race to force a decider which he also won.

It was the 31-year-old's fifth career gold medal in the sprint at the Asian Championships, having previously won the discipline at the 2017, 2014, 2009 and 2008 editions and ninth overall.

Shah Firdaus Sahrom, who lost to Azizulhasni in the semi-finals, clinched the bronze after downing Japan's Kazunari Watanabe. Shah won both the first and second race.

In the men's junior competition, Muhammad Ridwan Sahrom took bronze in the individual sprint after he downed compatriot Mohammad Fariz Haikal Mohd Kadir in the third-place decider. Ridwan won both the first and second race.

Abdul Azim Aliyas was also in fine form in the points race in which he finished second to clinch silver on 31 points.

Waldron Chee also did well to clinch the bronze in the individual pursuit after downing Japan's Hiroto Shinomiya in the third-place decider, where he clocked 3:31.206s.

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